Sadko Hadzihasanovic: Hunter Games
July 10 - September 27, 2020
In Sadko's artistic practice, he demonstrates an interest in camouflaging history and ideology in an ironic and often humorous way. Since he moved to Canada in 1993, he has been fascinated with pop-culture and consumerism.
As an artist, Sadko likes to explore the construction of identity, and its cultural and social implications. With an extensive and ongoing portraiture-based body of work, he used an array of references to popular culture. He is interested in referring to the environment of his upbringing in Bosnia and the relatively exotic vacation paradise of Cuba and it’s political undertones as well as Canadian culture. His paintings contrast a childhood lived under the threat of war and an unhurried North American childhood lived without the looming presence of world affairs.
Sadko has produced a body of work, oil paintings on copper, video, prints and large paintings on canvas regarding the theme of hunting. Since hunting and guns are an issue in North American life and culture, this body of work is relevant to many questions we pose today: the role of government in controlling the weapons, how we educate children about guns, the role profit plays as well as how we contribute to the resolution of the problem that we face.
The artist appreciates the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council For The Arts.
We hope to schedule a Meet The Artist event at some point during the run of the exhibition.
The attached essay (file name: Download) is by Martin Pearce .
Martin Pearce has been making paintings and drawings for over thirty years. A regular reviewer for Border Crossings magazine, he is the Director of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph.